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That Darn Elf On A Shelf

As if we didn’t have enough going on this holiday season, along came Elmo, Buddy and Steve.  Welcome to my holiday world of horrors where three little elves reign supreme.

If you have older children, then you may not know about Santa’s new helpers - better known as “Elf On A Shelf.”

Kids have been popping pink bubble gum for 81 years
Dear Ken: When was bubble gum invented? How old is Bazooka Joe and ditto for Pudge, the cartoony kid of Dubble Bubble fame?
WCRTA meets scholarship recipients

Wilson County Retired Teachers' Association met at the First Church of the Nazarene on Dec. 5. 

The meeting was called to order by President Betty Hall. The Rev. Gary Wilson, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene, presented an inspirational and relevant devotional from the scripture, "Be still and know that I am God."

fce, Extension Service donate to Lebanon Senior Citizens Center

Traditions are a theme for the holiday season. Many of us enjoy special traditions with family and friends during Christmastime such as drinking eggnog, singing Christmas carols, or even visiting Santa. 

The University of Tennessee Extension also has a tradition…a very rich tradition.  This tradition began four years ago in 2006 when Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Shelly Barnes and 4-H Extension Agents Johnny Barnes and Amanda Gray decided that they wanted to encourage their respective groups to participate in a community service project. 

Travel to Readyville Mill for stone-ground corn meal

Special to The Wilson Post

READYVILLE -- “We’re grinding corn!” said Tomm Brady excitedly as he grins from ear to ear inside the ancient Readyville Mill whose origins date back to 1812.

Brady, 48, a resident of Bell Buckle, has good reason for his fervor.

After purchasing the mill in March 2006, he has poured blood, sweat, tears and $$$ into restoring the historic Cannon County treasure on the East Fork of the Stones River. Serene Readyville lies between Murfreesboro and Woodbury, about 35 miles southeast of Lebanon.  

Change (with notable quotes) in the air, breathe carefully



There’s so much change in English; people say, even on TV, and write things I was taught (years ago) to be incorrect usage. Why all the change? Is it all right to continue with what I was taught?
-“Old Biddy”

Sidelines & Sidelights
NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore went back to his school last week.
The 1981 Mt. Juliet High graduate took the opportunity to offer a couple of lessons to a gymnasium jam-packed with friends, family, dignitaries and the Mt. Juliet student body.
Introduced by his wife Deanna after brief remarks from a pair of his former coaches -- John Simms and Jerry Kirby -- Wilmore seemed very much at ease in front of the throng.
Readers note, Christmas week schedule

We are expecting a busy Christmas week at The Wilson Post, and we are asking for our readers’ help.

If possible, please submit news items for the Wednesday newspaper by Monday, Dec. 21 and for the Friday paper by Tuesday, Dec. 22. All news items may be emailed to or faxed to 444-6018.

3 children injured in Wednesday bus wreck

The Wilson Post

An early morning wreck resulted in minor injuries to three children who were on a school bus struck by a SUV.

The accident occurred around 7:40 a.m. on Highway 109 at Callis Road, said Officer Wayne Howard of the Lebanon Police Department.

Bredesen unveils education partnership with Battelle to promote STEM

MJHS graduate, astronaut Wilmore on hand for announcement

MT. JULIET -- Gov. Phil Bredesen, joined by NASA Space Shuttle pilot and Mt. Juliet native Capt. Barry Wilmore, on Friday announced a new public education partnership with the global research and development enterprise Battelle as part of Tennessee's push in the federal Race to the Top competition for education innovation.

Register now for Vol State spring classes at Wilson Central High School

Registration is open now for Volunteer State Community College spring semester classes at Wilson Central High School.

There are 11 courses to choose from: Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, English Composition I and II, Introduction to Art, Computer Technology and Applications, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Writing I and II, Introduction to Sociology and Survey of American History II.


Concrete program amended

The Wilson Post

Lebanon City Council nodded two measures at Tuesday night’s meeting, but not without lengthy discussion on either item.

The measures were a resolution to approve the Concrete Certification for Youth Program, or CCY, and an ordinance to de-annex certain property on Eastover Road.

Home sales continue upswing

Wilson County’s Real Estate Market continued to improve in November with 130 closed residential home sales, an increase of 44 from the same time last year.

Wilson County’s pending home sales in November also increased by 64 from 2008 with 144 going under contract.

Cooksey reinterred, Ashe checks new leads

The Wilson Post

The body of a young man killed in 1969 but was exhumed 40 years later as a part of a murder investigation was reinterred on Monday afternoon, this time next to his parents at Bellwood Cemetery.

Charles “Butch” Ragland Cooksey Jr. was found dead in the road 5 miles north of Lebanon on June 14, 1969, in the early hours of the morning. He was 19 years old and his death was ruled at the time as a hit and run.

Christmas for All wraps up this week, donations needed

The Wilson Post

If you have some spare change, a couple of dollars, whatever you can afford, Wilson County Christmas for All would appreciate your kind donation.

The organization, made up of volunteers, works each year to provide toys and clothes for children and families and food and other items for the elderly and disabled at Christmas.

Trooper upgraded to stable after wreck in Mt, Juliet

Special to The Wilson Post

MT. JULIET -- The condition of the state trooper critically injured in a still puzzling wreck on Monday which shut down I-40 for hours has been upgraded to stable, officials said Tuesday.

At approximately 12:10 p.m. Monday, Trooper Wendall Reagan, 42, was traveling east on I-40 in his SUV patrol unit when he was involved in a one vehicle roll over crash in the median at mile marker 228, in Mt. Juliet, near the Providence area.

Locals shy from Gordon's congressional seat

The Wilson Post

After more than a quarter-century of public service to his home state of Tennessee, 6th District U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon, D- Murfreesboro, announced his plans to retire from Congress when his current term ends in 2010.

His announcement on Monday has set off speculation about who may seek his seat in the upcoming election next year and so far, two Republicans from Rutherford County have announced their intentions to run, but Wilson County elected officials so far are shying away from the position.

James Edward Murphy, 61

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Saturday morning, December 12, in the Partlow Chapel for Mr. Murphy, 61, of Lebanon. Known as "Slim" to his family and friends, he died Dec. 10, 2009 at his residence. He was a painter and construction worker.

Interment was in the Poplar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include: mother Dale Reynolds; wife Mary Murphy; daughters Renee Murphy Scott, Jimmie Lou Murphy Butler, Tina Brown, Jamie Michelle Murphy and Bettie Murphy Zelke. Also surviving: siblings Michael “Sam” (Pinky) Murphy and Debra Lee Brown; 12 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

He is preceded in death by father James Ivory Murphy and infant sister Shirley Ann Murphy.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

John Harvey Jones, 85

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, December 15 at the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Mr. Jones, 85, of Lebanon. The son of the late Homer and Frances Foster Jones, he died Dec. 12, 2009.

Services were conducted by Brother Bob Curtis Entombment at Wilson County Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Survivors include: his wife of 66 years Sabra McNeely Jones; children: Shelia Wood of Seneca, SC; Sharon Moore of Cleveland; Sandra (Armando) Trujillo of Loxahatchee, FL; John (Gayle) Jones Jr. of Birmingham, AL; Jim (Pam) Jones of Lebanon and Selena (Bob) Cunningham of Murfreesboro.

Also surviving sister-in-law Mary Emma Jones of Maryville; 12 grandchildren, seven and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brother Irie Jones, son-in-law Jim Wood and grandson Eric Jones. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Arrangments by Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.

Clyde John Simpson, 67

HERMITAGE -- A Celebration of Life was held Tuesday afternoon, December 15 at Hermitage UnitedMethodist Church for Mr. Simpson, 67, of Mt. Juliet. A member of Hermitage United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Simpson died Dec. 12, 2009. He was the maintenance manager for Prestige Printing in Madison for nearly 30 years.

Services were conducted by Rev. Susan Gardner, Rev. Allen Black and Dr. Ed Johnson. Interment with military honors followed at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Clarksville.

Survivors include: wife Christine "Chris" Jarratt Simpson; children Richard (Tami) Simpson, Michael (Kristi) Simpson and Celia (Wayne) Clair; 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Family and friends served as active pallbearers. Honorary: the J.P.O.Y. Sunday School Class and the Mid-TN Happy Campers. Memorials be made to Alive Hospice.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

S.H. Harkreader, Jr., 92

LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, December 15 at the Partlow Chapel for Mr. Harkreader, 92. Known as "Tump" to his family and friends, he died Dec. 12, 2009 at the Brandywood Golden Living Center in Gallatin. He was an employee of DuPont and attended the Methodist Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. Charles L. Walker. Interment was in Gladeville's Caraway Cemetery.

Survivors include: sisters Nannie Lou Brown of Mt. Juliet and Edna Mae Burke of Hermitage; nephews and nieces Edwin (Gertie) Brown, Jim (Diane) Harkreader, Mike Harkreader, Phil (Gin) Burke and Linda Adams as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by parents Sylvanus H. and Dora Mae Patterson Harkreader, Sr.; brothers Jesse, James and Johnny Harkreader.

Pallbearers: Jason Harkreader, Ed Burke, Bryan Harkreader, Joe Brown, Bob Brown and Tony Brown. Honorary: Troy Smith, Nealand Smith and Trey Harris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Caraway Cemetery, or the Asera Care Hospice, 441 Donelson Pike, Suite 400, Nashville, 37214. Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.

Earl Marks, 84

Mt. JULIET -- Funeral services were held Monday morning, December 14 at Sellars at Mt. Juliet for Mr. Marks, 84, of Mt. Juliet. A US Marine Corps veteran, he died Dec. 11, 2009. Mr. Marks served during World War II in the South Pacific and Iwo Jima.

The son of the late Sampson Bradley Marks and Mahaly Eugenia Thomason Marks, he was a member of the Leeville Church of Christ.

Services were conducted by Brother Doy Hollman. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens
Survivors include: his wife of 64 years Naomi Pauline “Polly” Marks; children Donnie (Donna) Marks of Lebanon, Sam (Sandi) Marks of Mt. Juliet and Sheila Marks of Nashville; special daughter Robbie (Bill) Dotson of Springville.

Also surviving is sister Bea McClure, sister-in-law Ada Ruth Marks, grandchildren: Kristi (Joe) Lindholm, Todd (Susie) Marks, Troy (Ginger) Marks, Brad (Rachelle) Haney, Denise Marks and Lora Nicole Haney; special grandchildren: Wayne (Patsy) Bumbalough and Jeff Bumbalough; great-grandchildren Brianna Marks, Sarah-Beth Marks, Cody Marks, T. J. Marks, Dylan Marks, Joseph Spicer, Carson Marks and Carson Lindholm; special great-grandchildren Michael Bumbalough, Samantha Bumbalough and Jacob Bumbalough.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Marks is preceded in death by brother Tolbert Marks.

Arrangements by Sellars at Mt. Juliet.

Irma Ray Glisson England, 90

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, December 14 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mrs. England, 90, of Mt. Juliet. A  member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet and a member of the former Builder Sunday School Class, she died at home on Dec. 12, 2009.

The daughter of the late James Raymond and Gennette Mae Deaton Glisson, she was a member of Harvey Freeman Chapter #181, Order of the Eastern Star.

Services were conducted by Rev. David Fallin. Private interment was held at Highland Memorial Gardens in Jackson. Survivors include daughter Betty (Al) Frakes and granddaughter, Lisa Kyle.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her late husband, Cramer Avnet England, Sr. and her son Cramer Avnet "Buddy" England, Jr.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Juliet Animal Control Center, 115 Industrial Drive, Mt. Juliet, 37122.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel.

Hugh Doyle Martin, 72

MT. JULIET -- Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 14, at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Martin, 72, of Mt. Juliet. A member of the Al Menah Shrine and the Mt. Moriah Lodge #18 in Murfreesboro, he died Dec. 9, 2009.

Mr. Martin was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict and was previous owner of Four Corners Boat Dock.

Services were conducted by Rev. Bill Speight. Interment followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by the U.S. Army. Survivors include: wife Wilene Wiggins Martin; daughters Tanya (Terry) Crawford of Mt. Juliet and Renee (Bill) McMurray of Nashville.

Also surviving is brother Bill (Sue) Martin of Clinton, sister-in-law Gail Martin of Powell; grandchildren Ashley Bean, Justin and Paige Crawford and great-grandchild Seria Bean.

Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents Daniel Martin and Gretchen Williamson Martin; son Hugh Doyle Martin II; daughter Elma Page and brother James Martin. A Masonic service was held Sunday evening.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet.

Sarah Ann Lyon, 60

MT. JULIET -- A memorial service was held at Cooks United Methodist Church Monday afternoon, December 14 for Ms. Lyon, 60, of Lebanon. Administrative assistant at the Labry School of Business at Cumberland University and former administrative assistant at the Vera Institute of Criminal Justice in New York City, she died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009 at University Medical Center.

The daughter of the late John G. and Sarah W. Westbrook Lyon, Ms. Lyon was a member of Cooks United Methodist Church.

Interment will take place in the Dr. O.A. Kirk Memorial Cemetery in Linden Thursday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.
Survivors include: siblings John G. Lyon III of Nashville, Janet (J. L.) Driver and Jean E. (Bill) Markie -- both of Lebanon and Patty (Wes) Graff of Michigan along with special nieces and nephews.

The family has requested memorial contributions be made to Wilson County Habitat for Humanity or Cook’s United Methodist Church, 7919 Lebanon Rd. Mt. Juliet 37122.

Arrangements by Partlow Funeral Chapel.


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